570. Take On Me – Steve Barron

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SUMMARY: The music video to A-Ha’s single ‘Take on Me’, in which a girl enters a comic book world.

WHY IT’S HERE: When A-Ha first released ‘Take on Me’ as a single, it had a different video from the famous animated accompaniment that the song would eventually become inextricably linked with. The song did not become a hit but when it was reissued with Steve Barron’s superb rotoscoped video, the song received heavy rotation on MTV and subsequently entered the top 10. It was hardly surprising that the video was so popular. I’ve never been a huge fan of the technique of rotoscoping but here it is used brilliantly, creating a world of comic book humans that is alive with pencil strokes. Barron combines live action and animation brilliantly, culminating in an effective moment in which lead singer Morton Harket breaks through from on world to the other.

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